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Blood Work (Terry McCaleb Series #1)

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Blood Work

There are two things that I feel about Michael Connelly (1) he's my favorite mystery writer and (2) it's impossible for me to pick a favorite of his (I have been reading his books in chronological order and I just finished Blood Work, obviously). However, it's safe to ...
There are two things that I feel about Michael Connelly (1) he's my favorite mystery writer and (2) it's impossible for me to pick a favorite of his (I have been reading his books in chronological order and I just finished Blood Work, obviously). However, it's safe to say that Blood Work, so far, is my least favorite of Connelly's novels. Not that it was bad, because on a suspense and mystery level, my interests were always piqued. However, I found the character of McCaleb to be too much like Harry Bosch, even though Bosch is more developed because there are so much more books about him. Despite this one problem that I have about the book, I would recommend this book to all of those who love Connelly and mystery itself.

posted by McCarthy92 on September 25, 2011

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Boring

I normally like this genre and this author, but I found myself bored and skimming through the book early on. I finally just gave up. What a disappointment! Mad Cricket

posted by Madcricket on April 25, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Second Half of the Book is a Page Turner

    Connelly's books are genuinely good. As with all of his books (and some other authors) the first half is establishing the character. The second half is taut and captivating. This one followed the same suit. It took me several weeks to go through the first half. It is not as quick as patterson or cornwell. But it gradually built steam until it reached a crescendo. The ending was very good. Did not see it coming, at least the "first" ending. The conclusion was a bit predictable.
    Loved the premise of the flawed protagonist. A former FBI agent who had his heart replacement surgery via a donated from a woman who was tragically killed in a store hold up. He is guilted by the victim's sister in to looking in to her murder. After just having his surgery months before he is guilted in to accepting. Along the way we find the typical characters: the arrogant and uncooperative police, The bulldozing FBI., The sympathetic insider, the potential love interest and the side kick for comic relief.
    So far read three of his introductions for his characters, Terry McCaleb the FBI agent, Harry Bosch, the cop and Mickey Haller the defense attorney (who gets a nod in this book). I liked the Mickey Haller initial outing better. But I like this author enough to continue. His books that introduce his characters can be long winded but it allows for character development. So as they grow we see the growth and see them maturing fleshing them out.
    His characters are a bit grittier than Patterson's. They do not read as quickly as Patterson's. But they are just as enjoyable.
    Looking forward to the second books for each character.

    -JReed2430

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2015

    blood work

    Harry Bosch rules. Terry McCaleb is not a very interesting character.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    A mystery with a unique motive

    Blood Work by Michael Connelly has one of the more unique premises I have come across for a mystery story -- a former FBI agent looking who received a heart transplant looking to find the killer of his heart donor. Though I had a hunch who the killer was, I had no idea about the motive and had several surprises along the way in discovering the motive and seeing if I was right in my initial guess. Overall, a good read for anyone who loves a good mystery.

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